Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Crochet Lingo

Do you frequent crochet groups on Facebook (FB) as much as I do? Let me tell you that when I first started seeing others’ projects and the many questions and comments that came up based on one picture had me going “HUH?”
Why, yes, the main reason is that crocheters share a unique language, just like any other expertise. Now that I have learned what most of them mean, I compiled a list to share here with you also available in PDF format so you can keep a copy handy with your patterns.

FOTH- Fresh off the hook 
LYS- Local yarn store
TIA- Thanks in advance
WIP- Work in progress
UFO- Unfinished object
FO- Finished object
BYB- Best yarn buddy
FROG – Take piece apart
TOAD- Tossed out abandoned in disgust

Another BIG topic over on FB groups has to do with the famous C2C. Do you know what that is?
C2C- Corner to corner

There are other abbreviations that are mostly used when reading a crochet pattern.
MC – Main Color
CC – Contrasting Color
YO – Yarn Over
BL – Back Loop
FL – Front Loop

The beauty of the Internet allows for sharing patterns across the globe in many languages, especially in Spanish, American & UK English.  Keep this table with you!!!! I’ve referred to it so many times when looking over websites or Instagram feeds in which different users give a basic idea of the stitches used in their pattern. 

American English
UK (British) English
Chain (ch)
Punto pasado
Slip stitch (sl st)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Punto bajo
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Media vareta o Punto Medio
Half double crochet (hdc)
Half Treble (htr)
Vareta o
Punto Alto
Double crochet (dc)
Treble (tr)
Doble vareta o Punto Alto Doble
Triple crochet (trc)
Double Treble (dtr)
Stitch (st)
Stitch (st)
Space (sp)
Space (sp)
Repetir de “ 
Repeat from “ 
Repeat from “ 
Fasten off (fo)
Fasten off (fo)
Skip (sk)
Skip or miss (sk)

Have you used any of the abbreviations above? Are there any others that should be added? Leave a comment below to edit the document! 

Happy Crocheting!

~ Fabi

Thursday, July 10, 2014

5 minute prep file folder game

This morning, while I had 5 minutes free in the kitchen, I grabbed my weekly ad from Publix. I began looking at it and thinking that I needed to make an activity for my 3 year old who has been trying to make sense between fruits and vegetables lately.

Years ago, I had my then 3 year old daughter, cut and paste different fruits and vegetables into the right column.  So I went with that idea and applied it to a file folder game. This way, my son could use it more than one time and it will allow us to continue to add more fruits and vegetables that we will be finding in the ad depending on what’s on sale and in season.

Grocery Store Ad
File Folder
Envelope (to store the cut out pieces)


Cut out all the fruits and vegetables OR have an older child do it. Whichever works best for you. I did it myself since I needed this activity quickly.  Ask “what fruits and vegetables do you like?” 

Also, based on the pictures you have available, discuss how fruits and vegetables are different. Ask the children to point out what they see. You could also do this while at the grocery store so they can touch and smell different fruits and vegetables.

The main difference between a fruit and vegetable is that fruits have a seed or cuesco like avocado or pepas like watermelon. 

Provide paper and markers and tell the children to draw their favorite fruit and vegetable.

Talk about the names of the fruits and vegetables in English and Spanish. 
Phonics: Talk about the initial and ending sounds
Prepare a snack using a fruit and/or vegetable with your children
Do Riddles: 

Happy Teaching!


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dual Language Days of the Week Printable

Hi Fellow Teachers, Homeschoolers, and Language Learners!
Below is a free printable you can use for your classrooms, homework folder, or calendar wall at home or school. All you have to do is open the pdf file on Google Docs and print it. 

I made the days of the week earlier this year by hand for my kiddos, but my handwriting is a bit too small for them to see it from the table. So I just knew it was time to make an improved set that would be visible to them at all times. Now it's here, available through this blog, so that you can use it too!  

How do I use it? 

1. Sing the song 'Days of the Week' to the tune of the Addam's Family theme song in English. Here's a good video through YouTube.  Right after, we sing the song in Spanish

2. This is when I introduce vocabulary such as "today - hoy", "yesterday - ayer" and "tomorrow, mañana". I use hand motions to teach the concepts. For example: 

  • today - point fingers down 
  • yesterday - use thumbs above shoulders which will indicate something's already happened. 
  • tomorrow - turn hand from today to an open palm. 
Please let me know if this makes sense...I could take a picture or do a video if you would like. 

Once we know what day is today, I use colorful ribbon attached to a paper clip and clip it to the day we are currently on.  The kids can do this part. They'll love it! 

3. These are the questions you can ask as a final review for the calendar: 

  • What day is today? Que dia es hoy?
  • What day was yesterday? Que dia fue ayer?
  • What day will be tomorrow? Que dia sera mañana

I love having the days of the week posted on our wall, because it gives a visual count of which day of the week we will be going on a trip, having a visitor, going on a play date, etc.   

As always, this is a bilingual - dual language FREE printable! When you use it, take a picture and send use the hashtag #TeachingwithFabi on Instagram so that I can see it too!  

Happy Teaching! Hasta pronto!

~ Fabi

Sunday, June 29, 2014

My birthday

Recently I got to celebrate a very special birthday with my family and friends. Can you guess how old I’m now?

I’m totally giving it away and I am quite alright with that.  This is a birthday I had been looking forward to for quite some time probably because of the movie '13 Going on 30' with Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. I want to be  "thirty, flirty, and thriving"

I am so excited about this year and everything the Lord has in store for me because I trust His promise: "For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future". (Jeremiah 29:11)

Here’s a picture of my delicious cake: Chocolate Caramel Crunch sprinkled with sea salt. Oh, Wow!. It was SO good: chocolately, sweet, and salty... Perfect combination for this gal!

Want to know what I got?  (this post contains affiliate links to Amazon. Thanks for your support!) 

One of my favorite gifts I received from my Hubster is my brand new spiralizer. Do you have one?  It’s a handy machine you can use to turn vegetables such as zucchini, beets, carrots, broccoli into noodles. It only takes a few minutes to spiralize your veggies and enjoy a fresh meal! 

I will be sharing what I am making with it next week! Stay tuned!!! 

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I also received a HoMedics Foot Spa from my parents. It works so great and is perfect to use after a long day standing and walking around. My feet feel so much better! Gracias papis!!! 

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A friend gifted me a gift card to one of my favorite places, Starbucks!!!! Oh yeah! Hello Chai-Latte and Cake Pops!  We enjoy taking walks together to Starbucks and enjoy a treat. Last time we went there, we also took some children's books to read there. The kids thought it was great to take our reading time outside of home to the coffee shop. 

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I also want to thank everyone who called, sent cards, and wrote me on fb to wish me a happy birthday.  You all rock!!!! You made my day. :-) 

Thank you for celebrating with me!  

~ Fabi 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fabric + Crochet Sundress Tutorial

I have had this turquoise chevron fabric from Hobby Lobby in my stash for over a year. There have been numerous plans to use it, until finally the light bulb went on… As you may have noticed I enjoy combining fabric and yarn into one project as I did for this owl and the owl baby boy outfit.  This time, I made a sundress for by baby!!!


½ yard fabric

cotton yarn
I crochet hook
2 buttons
sewing notions

Crochet Collar Pattern 
(I used Little Abbee’s Play Date Cardi’s tutorial as a guideline to crochet the collar.)

Ch. 70
Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next 10 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 13 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 17 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in next 13 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, dc in last 11 sts, turn.  (73 dc, 4 ch-1 spaces)
Row 2: ch 2 (counts as first dc now and throughout the pattern), skip 1st st, dc in next 11 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in next 15 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in next 19 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in next 15 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in last 12 sts, turn. (81 dc, 4 ch-1 spaces)
Row 3: ch 2 , skip 1st st, dc in next 12 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in next 17 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in next 21 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in next 17 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in last 13 sts, turn. (99dc, 4 ch-1 spaces)
Row 4: ch 2 , skip 1st st, dc in next 13 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in next 19 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in next 23 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in next 19 sts, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 space, dc in last 14 sts, turn (107 dc, 4 ch-1 spaces)


     1.   Crochet the collar for the dress. This will be the section that will cover the shoulders.
2.    Cut your fabric using one of your daughter’s dresses or tops. Here you will cut the armholes out too.
3.    Gather the top section of the dress (one side at a time) using a long stitch. Make sure it matches the length desired for the crochet collar. Repeat with the other fabric.

4.    Using right sides together, sew the sides of the fabric and finish the raw edge (or serge it).  Finish the bottom seam for the dress as well.
5.    Now, begins the fun part. You can do this!!!!
6.    Pin your dress to the crochet collar and begin sewing using a slow speed. Be careful to not go over your pins.

7.    Repeat the other side.
     8.  Sew a button or two to the collar. Layer the new dress with leggings if desired.       
     Go take walk to Starbucks and enjoy a Cake Pop! 

~   Happy Sewing & Crocheting!

~ Fabi


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